EU Priorities 2020

24-07-2020

A stronger Commission is not the same as a stronger Europe

It is a dangerous myth to believe that maximising the role of the European Commission is  synonymous with a stronger, wealthier Europe, writes Gunnar Hökmark.
08-07-2020

Merkel asks EU Parliament for ‘willingness to compromise’ ahead of mini-summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was set to take part in a "mini-summit" with the leaders of the EU institutions in Brussels on Wednesday evening (8 July). It is her first trip abroad since the coronavirus crisis started, testifying to how seriously she is taking her second and last German presidency of the EU Council. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 27-05-2020

The Brief – Marshalling the funds

‘Whatever it takes’ was the message from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday (27 May) as the EU unveiled an ambitious recovery plan to help its members who have been worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
16-04-2020

EU to delay human and minority rights initiatives due to COVID-19

Despite warnings that COVID-19 may particularly affect the rights of already at-risk populations, the European Commission is looking into the possibility of delaying a host of initiatives intended to improve gender equality and protect human, sexual and ethnic minority rights, according to a draft internal working document seen by EURACTIV.
Future EU 17-03-2020

Linn Selle: Coronavirus may have a long impact on German presidency

There are only a few months left until Germany will take over the EU Presidency. But the ongoing corona crisis could really upset the plans, says the president of the European Movement Germany. What can the EU actually do in these turbulent times?
Economy & Jobs 03-02-2020

In Portugal, 15 ‘cohesion countries’ call for stronger EU budget

Fifteen EU member states insisted on Saturday (1 February) that the EU budget for 2021-2027 should maintain the level of the previous one "in real terms". EURACTIV’s partner Lusa reports.
Future EU 20-12-2019

De Montchalin: Own resources are key to European budget

France's current discrepancy with Germany does not call into question their relationship, said Amélie de Montchalin, who also stressed that own resources are key for the European budget, while the member states are reluctant to increase their contributions and will have to compromise. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 02-12-2019

EDA chief: We need both, strategic autonomy and defence cooperation

With all the new types of challenges emerging in Europe, NATO can no longer do the job on its own, which is why Europe has to step up its defence cooperation, Jorge Domecq, who heads the European Defence Agency (EDA), told EURACTIV in his end-of-term interview.
Economy & Jobs 25-11-2019

ERC president: Brains should become main resource of Europe

Instead of funding 'business as usual'-research, the need to take a long-term perspective is crucial for innovative solutions, but that is often difficult to accept for policymakers, the head of a top European research agency told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
30-10-2019

Oettinger fires at ‘misleading’ EU budget figures

The dispute between net contributors and the European Commission escalated on Wednesday (30 October) as Budget Commissioner Gunter Oettinger described as "misleading" Germany's EU budget figures reported by the media.
Climate change 24-10-2019

EU legislators split over 2020 budget, risk climate funding delays

European Union governments on Wednesday (23 October) rejected EU lawmakers' plans to increase the bloc's spending next year, sparking a row that could delay funding on climate and research projects.
Future EU 17-10-2019

AS IT HAPPENED: Brexit, Budget, Balkans

European leaders gather for a summit in Brussels on 17-18 October to discuss if, how and when the United Kingdom will leave the bloc. With everything up in the air, an extension seems the safest bet. The EU's seven-year budget, enlargement to the Western Balkans and escalation in Syria will also be high on the agenda.
Future EU 17-10-2019

Ciolos: We need strong majority for a ‘Renewed’ Europe

For the first time, the centre-right EPP and the Socialists no longer have a working majority on their own in the European Parliament. This new reality alone is a chance for change in Europe, writes Dacian Cioloș who will host a pre-EU summit meeting today of European centrist and liberal parties.

‘Broad support’ for EU-wide plastic tax

A European tax on plastic waste is gaining momentum as a way to bring new sources of revenue to the EU budget as leaders prepare for a two-day summit in Brussels beginning on Thursday (17 October).
Politics 19-09-2019

Slovakia causing delays to new EU Prosecutor’s Office

The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. /// BRATISLAVA EXCLUSIVE / Our partners in Bratislava report that Slovakia will be the last country delaying...

European Green Deal calls for a green EU budget

Torn between the cuts caused by Brexit and the investments that the European Green Deal requires, negotiations over the next EU budget after 2020 are getting tough. The EU must not, however, pass on the challenge and use 40% of its funds to support climate action, writes Markus Trilling.
Climate change 23-08-2019

‘Green Deal’ supporters resist idea of splitting energy and climate portfolio

The incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is preparing a ‘Green Deal’ team that may be led by Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Whether the climate and energy briefs will be split or kept together remains to be seen, however. 
Global Europe 04-07-2019

Putting values at the heart of the EU presidency

The goals of the new Finnish EU Presidency include a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable EU, the same priorities as its domestic agenda, writes Kaisa Penny.
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2019

Europe looks for its ‘formula’ to create industrial champions

As Europe prepares for a comprehensive update of its competition, industrial and trade policies, experts and private sector representatives have warned against state interventionism proposed by France and Germany.
Future EU 13-06-2019

EXCLUSIVE: What countries really think of the EU’s strategic agenda

EU member states broadly supported priorities highlighted for the next five years, although they called for a more “positive” vision. Despite the demands made by the capitals, the latest version only included few changes, according to the latest draft and the minutes seen by EURACTIV.

Leak: These are the five priorities for the next finance Commissioner

A new strategy for the capital markets union, fintech, financial stability, sustainable economy and Brexit are the priorities listed for the next financial services commissioner, according to the memo drafted by European Commission officials and seen by EURACTIV.com.

Timmermans: A green candidate in the red corner

Frans Timmermans, the Socialists’ leading candidate, has promised a sustainable Europe if he is given the nod to lead the next European Commission. But how sustainable are the Dutchman’s green credentials?
Climate change 16-04-2019

Climate change will be key issue in EU elections, poll shows

As many as 77% of potential voters identify global warming as an important criteria when deciding who to vote for at the May European elections, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday (16 April).
EU Elections 2019 25-03-2019

Orban in fresh anti-EU swipe after European suspension

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán again lashed out at “Brussels bureaucrats” Sunday (24 March), days after reaching a compromise with conservative allies in the European Parliament who were angered by an anti-EU billboard campaign. During a public radio interview Orbán accused the...
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